Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Little Silver Leaf On A Corner Shelf

Hello!

Are you tired of hearing about the weather? 

Me too.

But I'm tireder of the weather itself.

Really tired.

I've been making valentines. 

Valentines I thought would be so easy.

But they are not.


They're hard.

So hard I almost broke a 10 year old's heart.

I laughed at her valentine. Almost uncontrollably. Like when you are 14 and sitting by your best friends in church service and something makes you start giggling and you. Can't. Stop.  Even when one of your parents is giving you the stink eye from across the church.

Because it was well, hideous pretty bad.  

But enough about valentines that I may or may not show you.


Let's talk about the corner shelf that I just finished.

About 2 years ago it looked like this








Good bones, but a little out of shape.

It belongs to my friend Jennifer


Way back then we started stripping it. In the mega-stripping event of  January 2012. I finally finished stripping it in June 2012 when I finished stripping my china cabinet and finally escaped stripping hell


  

And then it got painted.





She wanted black. I sprayed it black. With a sprayer that I will tell you about. Someday. The next time I spray something. I really liked working with a sprayer on this piece. It made working with all the weird angles and curves much easier.

Then the shelf took a back seat to any number of projects and sat in the corner of my guest room for ONE YEAR!  That's a long time to keep a half-completed project. 

So a couple of weeks ago I drug it out - to the dining room, of course. It's the only room where there was enough light and warm enough to paint. It needed another coat or two of paint on the shelves. The size of the sprayer had made it difficult to get a good coat on the back edges of the shelves.

This was the perfect time for me to use my newest paint brush.



Have any of you ever worked with Zibra Brushes? They have a variety of specialty brushes that help you get a great finished product whether you are painting your walls, trim, or furniture projects. For this piece I used the triangle brush. It is perfect for painting in corners and crevices. They also have a round brush, a square brush and traditionally shaped brushes. Right now all of their brushes are made for latex paints, but they will have brushes for oil based paints soon. I have used these brushes in several varieties of chalk and clay based paints and they work extremely well with these paints.

Ok. Back to the shelf.


After sitting undusted for over a year I thought the poor thing deserved a light sanding (just the shelves). I went over the shelves lightly with 000 steel wool. Then I painted the shelves with my handy dandy special triangle paintbrush. It was beautiful.


But it wasn't finished. Because - and this is the reason it sat for a whole year - Jennifer wanted it to be dressed up with a little silver leaf. For some reason I kept putting off this step. Don't know why. I bought the supplies way back.  WAAAAAAY back.

So I got out the supplies. The sizing. The package of leaf flakes. The sealer.

Sometime I will tell you how to silver leaf. But not now.



So I silver leafed the puppy. Kind of messy like. Because I didn't want it to be perfect.

And sealed it.

And then had to sand and paint the shelves again because I didn't wait for the paint to cure before I silver leafed it and the itty-bitty pieces of leaf were speckled all over the shelves. 

Damn.

Then I swept.    And vacuumed.     And mopped.

Because silver leaf is VERY messy.


I took it over to her house, put some stuff on it, and took some pictures.

And said "good riddance." 

I couldn't help it.



We think it's pretty.

What do you think?

Do you have any furniture you would like to dress up with silver leaf?

It's really not hard.

Just messy.


Make something wonderful today!

Karen

PS. The paint I used for this was the paint we bought for her interior doors Benjamin Moore ADVANCE Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint in satin. This is my favorite paint for doors and woodwork. We used the high gloss white on her trim and some cabinets and it is gorgeous!

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13 comments:

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I think it looks perfect with her purple velvet tufted soft! well done!

Art and Sand said...

It looks beautiful with the silver leaf.

Sometimes you just want to be done with a project and move on.

I can't wait to see the Valentine's you made.

Art and Sand said...

It looks beautiful with the silver leaf.

Sometimes you just want to be done with a project and move on.

I can't wait to see the Valentine's you made.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I know what it's like to start a project and then just leave it there, actually have a whole basement full of it! whoa really shines against the purple sofa. You did a great job! Isn't it great o finally finish a piece, it's like taking a load of your back, well until we put another one there!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I know what it's like to start a project and then just leave it there, actually have a whole basement full of it! whoa really shines against the purple sofa. You did a great job! Isn't it great o finally finish a piece, it's like taking a load of your back, well until we put another one there!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Karen-
YOU! ARE! A! GOOD! FRIEND!
...that's all I can say.
:)
Pat

Colleen said...

What a beautiful corner shelf and her crystal looks wonderful sitting on it. Great job

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh wow! Even though it took a year and was a messy silver leaf project...it sure turned out gorgeous! I have never messed with silver leaf.

Bliss said...

While everyone else is admiring your silver leafing abilities, I'm gonna say I'm glad you escaped stripper helll.

Jennifer Schmidt said...

I love it! And you are a good friend. A great friend. I love it with the crystal on it. It makes me happy to see. I'm glad it is off your back. And in my living room. :-)

Suzan Sweatman said...

WOW Karen - this looks amazing !!!
I have a post ready to do on silver leafing ( I've ordered some ) so this is soooo timely - beautiful job
XXX

fiona anderson said...

I love using leaf, though I mostly use gold. I love the sticking aspect, the fact that it looks much better than gold and silver paint, and I love the imperfections of it.
Great job Karen and your friend is obviously very happy, great makeovers are always worth waiting for !

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

Karen! You did a beautiful job on the shelf. I can't believe you stripped all that. That is some serious work and I'm sure it was stripper hell. But, the outcome is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

xoxo
Denyse

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